Health and Wealth in Zimbabwean Pentecostalism: The Case of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA)

  • Kudzai Biri


This chapter argues that Zimbabwe Assemblies of God, Africa (ZAOGA) is pre-occupied with the gospel of health and prosperity as evidenced by the emphasis on healing and prosperity. Pentecostals believe that a born again needs a ‘total break from the past’. In order to realise that, the believer needs prayers for deliverence. This study argues that the emphasis on health and wealth by Zimbabwean Pentecostals has shaped its doctrine. Inevitably, this doctrine has seen Pentecostals beginning to follow the footsteps of major stakeholders in the economy of the country. Pentecostals are following the footsteps of Mainline and Protestant churches, who are big stakeholders in the country in terms of establishing and owning schools, colleges, hospitals and universities. What is the relationship between health and wealth? We unravel ZAOGA teachings on health and wealth and examine how it has shaped the ideology of total rejection of sickness and all forms of setbacks in life and also by cultivating a culture of accumulation. This calls for the need to re-examine the Pentecostal agenda on health and wealth and examine how it has shaped ZAOGA doctrine in the light of the prevailing socio-economic and political developments in Zimbabwe.


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  • Kudzai Biri
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  1. 1.Department of RSCPUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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